Folasade BAMISAYE - 2017 Nominee
Position: Monitoring and evaluation specialist
Organization: My Period Kit
Masters Degree from University of Ilorin
BAMISAYE, Folasade has over 8years experience improving psychosocial wellbeing of girls and women at the grassroot level. She has also trained over 4000 girls and young women at the grassroot level on SRHR and Family Planning. – Margaret Bolaji, Program officer at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Through Young Women Arise Initiative, I've designed an innovation aimed at increasing access of girls and women to SRHR. The goal of the innovation is to empower girls and women to make right and informed decision about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right. Through this platform, I have trained over 4000 girls and young women at the grassroots on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right through the annual Ablaze Ladies Camp which provided the participants with the needed skills for them to make informed decision about their SRHR. Thereby reducing the risk of HIV/STI Infection, Unwanted pregnancy and abortion related death. It has also improved menstrual hygiene, helped girls to stay in school and decide when to say No or Yes to sex providing safer sex choices.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I grow up in a community where family planning was considered a Taboo. Babies die before their 5th birthday due to malnutrition and lack of quality health care. Young women suffer from VVF and battle various diseases and struggle with limited resources to survive. I believe with access to family planning children will survive, mothers will live and be productive in the community. Women has the potential to make society prosper if given a chance to safe womanhood.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

1. I innovated My Period Kit aimed at providing access to menstrual hygiene supplies and also includes access to safer sex for Girls and Young women who are already sexual active.
2. Through the Young Women Arise annual booth camp where participants are trained on SRHR and family planning choices.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

The $1000 will be used to improve our specially pack My Period Kit Plus; this variations includes access to family planning services and referral linkages. It will also be used to provide sex education to adolescent girls who are experiencing menstruation onset which I believe will enable them to live healthy womanhood.

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